With an estimated 32.7 million smartphones in Australia and the widespread use of digital wallets, digital identification has seen a surge in popularity. Previously, only South Australia and New South Wales had embraced Digital Driver’s Licenses. After five years of diligent development by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads in collaboration with various partners, the Queensland government has introduced this technology to its residents.
The introduction of digital licenses marks a significant step forward in Queensland’s efforts to modernize and enhance the convenience and security of identification processes. This transition reflects the ever-evolving nature of daily life in the digital age.
Starting on Wednesday, 1 November 2023, Queenslanders with a driver’s license, marine license, or other Queensland photo identification card will have the option to load their documents directly onto a government app while retaining the physical version at home. Here are some key points related to Queensland’s digital ID license law:-
- Legislation and Regulations: The use of digital driver’s licenses in Queensland is governed by sections 29AH and 29AI of the Transport Planning and Coordination Act 1994 (the “Act”) and the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Driver Licensing) Regulation 2010 (the “Regulation”). Oversight of the implementation of digital licenses is the responsibility of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main.
- Accepted Digital Formats: Queensland’s digital driver’s licenses are available through the “My QLD” app, available for download on mobile devices via both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This app securely stores a digital representation of your driver’s license.
- Eligibility: Queensland residents are eligible for a digital license if they possess the following:-
- Driver licence including learner, provisional and open licences if it is current or expired, suspended or cancelled less than two (2) years ago;
- Marine licence;
- Photo identification card/ proof of age card.
- Validity: Pursuant to section 29AI of the Act, the digital driver’s license holds the same legal validity as a physical driver’s license. Queenslanders can use it for identification purposes in a variety of situations, such as:-
- including to pick up postage;
- entering a bar or nightclub;
- renting a car;
- even travelling overseas.
However, it’s essential to note that the acceptance of digital licenses may vary in different states, territories, or international jurisdictions. Therefore, Queenslanders are advised to carry their physical license as a precaution.
- Security Features: Digital licenses come equipped with advanced security features, including biometric verification and encryption. To access the app, users are required to enter a PIN, offering protection against fraud and unauthorized use.
For those who are less tech-savvy or concerned about the privacy and security of their identification documents, the Digital License remains an entirely optional choice. The Queensland government will continue to issue physical cards.
Our Solicitors at Macrossan and Amiet aim to keep Queenslanders well informed about the legal aspects of digital licenses, understand their rights and responsibilities, and navigate the digital identification landscape effectively through the adoption of this new technology.